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From left, Hieu Le of Marshall and Nash Coultas of Carthage will be honored as members of the Phi Theta Kappa All Texas Academic Team in a ceremony at the University of Texas at Dallas.

February 6, 2020 - Panola College students Nash Coultas and Hieu Le have been named to the All Texas Academic Team for Phi Theta Kappa, the national honor society for community college students. Both will be recognized at a ceremony and reception at The University of Texas at Dallas on Wednesday, April 1.

Coultas is from Carthage. In addition to Phi Theta Kappa, Coultas was actively involved in the History Club at Panola. Le, from Marshall, graduated from Panola College and is now working on bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering at LeTourneau University.

Panola College Phi Theta Kappa faculty advisors nominated Coultas and Le, and they were among 100 outstanding students selected from 50 Texas community college districts.

“Members of the All Texas Academic Team represent the best and brightest students who excel in academics, leadership, and service,” said Emily Zabcik, faculty sponsor. “We at Panola are so proud of this accomplishment. This is the first time in my 10 years that we have had students be awarded this honor. I cannot wait to see what these young men accomplish in the future.”

Phi Theta Kappa faculty sponsors are math professors Zabcik, Roberta Collinsworth and Chasity Klingler.

Photo (Left to Right): Kevin Smith, Jim Payne, Jessica Pace, Gene Giles, and David Murphy 

January 31, 2020 - On Thursday, January 30 First State Bank & Trust Co. presented Jessica Pace, director of Institutional Advancement at Panola College, with a check for $10,000. The funds will be used to endow the Chris Dickerson Memorial Scholarship, honoring fallen deputy, Chris Dickerson.

Chris Dickerson was born January 17, 1991 in Marshall, Texas. He was killed in the line of duty December 31, 2019 in Gary, Texas. Chris graduated from Carthage High School in 2009 and attended Aviation School in Norfolk, Virginia while serving in the Texas Army National Guard. He graduated from the Kilgore Police Academy and served as a deputy and member of the Panola County Honor Guard for the Panola County Sheriff’s Department. On September 18, 2010 Chris and Krista LaNae Edge married and have two daughters, Kensley and Chelsey Dickerson.

“First State Bank felt that after the tragedy of Chris Dickerson, we wanted to make an effort to support the first responders of Panola County. We felt that establishing a scholarship with Panola College would be a great way to offer support for generations to come,” said Gene Giles, President of First State Bank. “First State Bank has always been supportive of first responders. In fact, we have several currently working at the bank. We felt that it was not only our responsibility, but that we wanted to do something for the community.”

The Chris Dickerson Memorial Scholarship will be awarded annually to a Panola College student. Dependents of Panola County first responder(s) are eligible to apply. First responders include peace officers, firefighting personnel, and paramedics.

January 29, 2020 - Panola College Associate Degree (ADN) and Vocational Nursing (VN) programs are accepting applicants until March 1.

VN classes will begin August 19 on the Carthage campus. Application requirements can be found on the Vocational Nursing page at Applications can be picked up and returned at the Carthage campus in suite 1100 in the Health and Natural Sciences Building and at the Shelby College Center campus in Center.

Contact Yvette Royal at 903-694-4026 on the Carthage campus or Rachel Paddie at 936-598-9543 ext. 6006 on the Center campus for further information.

ADN applicants are invited to schedule a mentoring appointment with Katie Davis by calling 903-694-4019. Prospective students may apply to the ADN traditional two-year track or begin the ADN one-year hybrid LVN-RN transition track. Students admitted to the traditional track will start the program in August. Students who are admitted to the LVN-RN transition track will start in summer 2020. Details about program requirements are available at, under Programs, Health Sciences.

January 15, 2020 - Panola College has canceled the volleyball tryout for January 18th.

December 5, 2019 - Panola Volleyball will be hosting our annual Open Tryouts for unsigned/uncommitted seniors only Saturday, January 18, 2020 at the Panola College Fitness Center, located inside of the Charles C Matthews Student Center on the Panola College campus. Panola College is located at 1109 West Panola, Carthage, TX 75633.

Check-in will begin at 12:30 pm with positional drills and scrimmage play lasting approximately from 1:00-3:00 pm. There is a $25 tryout fee and all participants and their guardians must sign a Release & Waiver of Liability before they are allowed to participate. **All participants will also now be required to bring a copy of a current physical taken within the past year in order to participate. ** Panola Volleyball is asking all participants to please register by Friday, January 17th to better assist the staff in planning for the tryouts.

For any information, please contact Assistant Volleyball Coach Macy Cherry at If you have any questions the day of the tryout, please call Coach Cherry directly at (903) 693-2007.

Registration link - Panola Volleyball Tryouts

January 14, 2020 - Students who earned degrees or certificates during the 2019 fall semester are listed below by state and then in alphabetical order by city. The list includes the abbreviation for the degree or certificate awarded to these students.


Michael Womack, Bastrop, RLM, RLM2
Leshanda Baker, Bossier City, ADN
Calli Boggs, Grand Cane, COS
Jeffery McClary, Keatchie, RLM1
Luke Vazquez, Keatchie, WLD2
Zachary Mcfarland, Keithville, EMT
Melinda Carter, Keithville, LVN
Khadijah Taylor, Shreveport, CIT4
Latondra Frazier, Shreveport, LVN
Chasity Graggs, Shreveport, OPR3


Austin Davis,  EMT
Clayton Burnett,  GST
Hannah Humphries, GST
Riley Seegers, GST
Robert Bristow, LVN
Lane McKnight, PET1

Theresa Hightower, LVN
Kallie Parker, LVN
Cassie Bozeman, MLT

Jennifer Sparks, ADN
Kortney Landreneaux, BUS, BUS1
Jose Rodriguez, BUS1
Paulina Samford, BUS1
Wayland McLemore, CIT, CIT1, CIT2, CIT3, CIT4
Madison Buck, COS
David Richter, EMT
Susan Adewale, GST
Connie Cleaver, GST
Rocky Hayden, GST
Yareli Hernandez, GST
Kirsten Maxie, GST
Krishlyn Rocquemore, GST
Rachel Strauss, GST
A'Toya Villarreal, GST
Emmie Wedgeworth, GST
Britney Everitt, LVN
Marissa Jones, LVN
Alexis Miller, LVN
Delaina Blackmon, MED
Haley Landtroop, MLT
Joshua Garcia, NAT1
Colby Taylor, NAT1
Tiffani-Amber Pinson, OPR, OPR1
Victoria Fischer, OPR3
Allena George, OPR3
Lashaunda George, OPR3
Tiffani-Amber Pinson, OPR3
Colby Taylor, PET
Braden Russell, PET1
Colby Taylor, PET1, PET2
Timothy Harsh, WLD2
Ethan Kupres, WLD2, WLD3
Dylan Puffer, WLD2

Erika Cordray, AAT
Ashley Fults, AAT
Daniela Garcia, AAT
Colton Davis, CIT3
Brandi Gilchrist, EMT
Bobby Smith, EMT
Hannah Choate, GST
Taylor Clark, GST
Israel Duarte, GST
Perla Gonzalez, GST
Samantha Gonzalez, GST
Cody Osburn, GST
Julia Ramos, GST
Kelsi Wilburn, GST
Jose Barrueta, HVAC
Kase Hooper, HVAC
Kathleen Bailey, LVN
Kori Bailey-Metcalf, LVN
Breanna Boyd, LVN
Destinee Harrison, LVN
Jessica Hemphill, LVN
Kamille McCollister-Suell, LVN
Janequia Moore, LVN
Brooklyn Porter, LVN
Lauren Warr, LVN
Angela Perkins, MED
Jeniece Moore, MED1
Nicklaus Powell, MUS
Jenny Harvey, OPR3
Roselyn Postell, OPR3
Brent Barreraz, PET
Luz Gomez, PET, PET2
Brant Redmon, PET, PET1, PET2
Brent Barreraz, PET2
Andrezel Dove, RES
Dylan Denby, WELD
Daniel Atchison, WLD2
Bryan Kelley, WLD2
Demarious Mann, WLD2
Trevin Snider, WLD2
James Hamilton, WLD3

Justine Moore, COS

Denise Armstead, GST

Carlie Harper, ADN, GST
Edward Oden, EIT, RES
Dillan Peloquin, RLM, RLM2

Fort Worth
Mallori Hardaway, Fort Worth, LVN

Caleb Powers, EMT
Madison Shotwell, LVN
Tytanara Williams, LVN
Jacob Cook, PET1
Zakeri Dingler, PET1
Laurie Edwards, PET1
Shane Iversen, WELD

Madison Spence, GST

Brittany Bailey, Hallsville, ADN

Christopher Scroggins, CIT1, CIT2, CIT4
Kaylee Moroski, COS

Morgan Heim, ADN
Shaina Lane, ADN
Jennifer Self, ADN
Darbi Fabbiani, GST
Morgan Heim, GST
Hanna Juarez, GST
Jessica Whitaker, OPR3
Alec Morris, PET1

April Swan, MLT

Shondadrien Cooks-Jones, GST

Shannon Creech, ADN
Morgan Matthews, ADN
Miranda Prnka, ADN
Mikalya-Grac Alexis Atkinson, COS
Fatima Nunez, COS
Shawn Hairgrove, GST
Trey Chism, HVAC
Braeden Hensley, HVAC
Madolyn Kendrick, LVN
Sally Bays, PET
Marissa Cooper, WLD2

Brandon Latham, GST

League City
Hannah Floyd, GST

Wilma Davis, AAT2
Rachel Holt, ADN
Wade Worley, GST
Maranda Cox, LVN

Mary Castillo, AAT
Lindsey Golden, ADN
Haylee Gordon, ADN
Haley McClung, ADN
Lajuana Peace, ADN
Matthew Wallace, EMT
Toby Jones, LVN
Sharita Bailey, MLT
Marisela Soto, PET1

Shaquoia Finley, ADN
Kathy Foster, MED1
Evan Green, RLM1, RLM2

Sierra Perez-Perez, ADN
Cassandra Tullock, ADN
Kristyn Wilson, EMT
Kiressa Harris, GST
Michael Jones, GST
Hieu Le, GST
Madison Oney, GST
Bryan Whitaker, GST
Leneve Williams, GST
Tia Williams, GST
Shannon Freeman, HIT
Billy Patterson, HVAC
Jacob Hanson, LVN
Kevin Knighten, MED1
Cherrie Hudson, MLT
Casey Holladay, OPR3
Mariela Oviedo, OPR3
Payton Sirmans, WLD2
Kayla Wallace, WLD2

Mount Enterprise
Wesley Pietruszka, EMT
Kristen Honeycutt, GST
Reggie King, GST

Haley Jones, AAT
Laquista Garrett, ADN
Phillip Najvar, EIT
Jacob Sandel, EMT
Brandice McClelland, GST
Jacob Pleasant, HVAC
Alyssa Bell, LVN
Amber Bradley, LVN
Jennifer Cobos, LVN
Kyesha Sweat, MED
James Hill, NAT1

Dylan Henry, EMT

Ore City
Darrian Payne, LVN

Kristen Shields, ADN
Elizabeth Hearon, MLT

Leo Brittain, EMT

Landra Turner-White, ADN

Amanda Granger, LVN

Lexy Crawford, EMT

Chisom Ottih, LVN

Madison Jackson, ADN

San Augustine
Michael Randle, AAT2
Quintorria Bell, LVN

Jessica Garrett, GST

Heather Gipson, ADN
Lindsey Ridens, ADN
Cody Grindle, GST

Jazmin Alvarado, AAT
Merlid Sandoval, CIT4
Laney Cockrell, COS
Destiny Doggett, LVN
Mariel Lopez, MED
Hernan Hernandez, PET1
Trevor Lampley, WLD2
Jose Mendoza, WLD2
Tristan Denton, WLD3

Jarid Barton, GST
Ty'Kuirra Bryant, GST
Jeremy Jordan, GST
Decamerin Berry, HVAC
Shelton Earl, HVAC
Jacob Corpus, WLD2

Ennisha Bolden, GST
Adesola Fashola, GST

Cassidy Lonsway, AAT2

Boluwatife Babalola, Lagos, Nigeria, GST
Latifat Opeodu, Lagos, Nigeria, GST

January 8, 2020 - Students making the President’s List at Panola College for the Fall 2019 semester earned grade point averages between 3.8 and 4.0. Only courses applying toward an associate degree or certificate are included in the computation.


Beckville: Loren Caserta, Misty Coleman, Lacey Dean, Alyssa Harris, McKenzie Ingram, Covie Latham, Jacie McGraw and Miranda Mize.

Carthage: Kristina Dodge, Ueoma Dunumba, Britney Everitt, Victoria Fischer, Abigail Garcia, Krysta Hammock, Yareli Hernandez and Baylee Reed.

Center: Randy Broadway, Jalee Campbell, Camden Cordray, Reyna Duarte, Lacey Felder, Luz Gomez, Jenny Harvey, Edwin Morin, Eugene Nunez, Roselyn Postell, Julia Ramos and Rosalba Valdez.

DeBerry: Edward Oden.

Decatur: Ashton Powell.

Groves: Grant Rogers.

Harleton: Micah Lorenzi and Landry Sloan.

Henderson: Elisa Lynn, Chad McRae, and Jessica Whitaker.

Houston: Tam Phan.

Joaquin: Mikalya-Grac Alexis Atkinson, Alisa Mazie and Fatima Nunez.

La Vernia: Easton Parrish.

League City: Hannah Floyd.

Lufkin: Rylee Vines.

Marshall: James Beasley, Somali Fletcher, Amanda McFarland, Katelynn McWhorter, Billy Patterson, Haylie Rich, Emilee Sellers, Hannah Sellers and Leneve Williams.

Milam: Brittany Gregory.

Mount Enterprise: Kaylee Cox

Nacogdoches: Madison Christopher and Phillip Najvar.

Pineland: Kaytlin Ford.

Point: Justin Gonzales.

Pollok: Amanda Granger.

Rusk: Zachary Zea.

Shelbyville: Taylor Bragg.

Tatum: Brandy Boatwright and Lucero Luna.

Tenaha: Lisseth Amaya Benitez, Laney Cockrell, Alan Flores, Elizabeth Hernandez and Miguel Mendoza.

Timpson: Jeremy Jordan and Nathan Pinkston.

Tyler: Adesola Fashola.

Waskom: Jonathan Hicks, Brenda Mendez and Pedro Rodriguez.

Woodlawn: Cassidy Lonsway.

Yantis: Caden Worley.


Luke Vazquez, Keatchie.


Paris Thompson, Fayetteville.

International Student

Boluwatife Babalola, Lagos, Nigeria.

January 8, 2020 - Students making the Dean’s List at Panola College for the Fall 2019 semester earned grade point averages between 3.5 and 3.79. Only courses applying toward an associate degree or certificate are included in the computation.


Beckville: Mya Boyd, Jeremy Dean, Amanda Pierce, Kaden Ridgway, Dominick Shortridge, and Jason Tillman.

Bryan: Nyah Walker.

Carthage: Susan Adewale, Kayce Armstrong, Christopher Blackmon, Austin Buchanan, Nash Coultas, Ashleigh Earle, Lucy Eke, Sam Fuller, Joshua Garcia, Alexis Miller, Taylor Mills, William Rogers, Angela Trevino, Kristen Wallace, Brittany Whitsett, Kaci Williams, and Blakely Young.

Center: Juan Apolonio, Roxana Arcibar, Kaden Arvello, Angela Campos, Samantha Gonzalez, Maggie Harkness, Bryan Kelley, Jaqueline Morales-Aviles, Monica Olalde, Aileen Palacios, Peyton Swearingen, and Laura Wilson.

Chireno: Justine Moore.

Coppell: Joshua Bartolacci.

DeBerry: Kenaiya Fleets and Brea Rettelle.

Garrison: Cynthia Stott.

Groves: Cameron Stansbury.

Hemphill: Kaylee Moroski.

Jefferson: MacKenzie Hulett.

Joaquin: Benjamin Smithhart and. Destini Whitehead.

Kirbyville: Abbie Suggs.

Marquez: Jobeth Eddings.

Marshall: Demetre Brewster, Kassidy Brooks, Julian Mierop, Jacob Morgan and Ashley Ortiz.

Mesquite: Tavanna Prince.

Mount Enterprise: Maria Mejia.

Nacogdoches: Jessica Box, Haley Green, Emily Hannah, Carsyn Mason, Isaac Patterson and Heather Ray.

San Augustine: Clayton Jones.

Shelbyville: Sawyer Hendricks.

Tatum: Brooklyn Killen.

Tenaha: Nathaniel Bergeron and Katelyn Martinez.

Timpson: Dallas Dennis and Alexus Wallace.

Waskom: John Carter and Trevor Deal.

Winnie: Caitlyn Jackson.

Yantis: Caden Worley.


Matthew Abshire, Rayne; Jeremy Puckett, Shreveport.

International Students

Odeth Betancourt, Rubio Tachira, Venezuela; Raphael John LeBlanc, Shawinigan, QC, Canada; Barbara Zieniewska, Sokolow Podlaski, Poland.

Dr. Arnold ShrewsburyJanuary 7, 2020 - The M.P. Baker Library of Panola College will host an exhibit of hand-turned wood creations beginning January 13, 2020 and ending Friday, January 28, 2020 in the Fay Allison Gallery of the M.P. Baker Library. An opening reception for the artist, Dr. Arnold Shrewsbury, will be held on Wednesday, January 15th at 2:00 p.m. in the Library.

Dr. Shrewsbury was born in Lenore, West Virginia on January 9, 1947. His education consists of a Bachelors of Theology, Masters of Theology, Masters of Divinity, and a Ph.D. in Theology. He has founded four churches, was a home missionary for nine years and a hospice chaplain for ten years.

Dr. Shrewsbury was married to author and fellow minister Janet Gail Gilman for almost 53 years until her death in February 2018. They have two children. Stephen of Sarasota, Florida and Kelly, who resides in Carthage. He also enjoys two grandchildren, Justin and Ashley Grace.

Following 50 years in ministry, 32 which were in the Carthage area, Dr. Shrewsbury has retired. He now has time to enjoy traveling, teaching the Bible, yard work and wood turning. He is a self-taught craftsman. The items he creates are varied with his favorite being bowls from exotic woods. He recently obtained wood from a tree in St. Augustine, Florida. The tree is known as “The Old Senator.” It is 600 years old and is located close to where Ponce de Leon is believed to have discovered the “Fountain of Youth.” A vast variety of hand-turned items will be on display including bowls, pens, vases, characters, a clock, and other imaginative works.

The exhibit is free and open to the public during the Library’s operating hours Monday – Thursday 7:30 am – 9:00 pm, Friday 7:30 am – 12:30 pm and Sunday 4-9pm. For additional information please call 903-693-2052 or email

By Dr. Arnold Shrewsbury

Panola College music students at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas, Texas

January 6, 2020 - Panola College music students attended a Dallas Symphony Orchestra concert at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center on Sunday, December 8, 2019. The trip was made possible by a grant from the Panola College Foundation.

The annual Dallas Symphony Christmas Pops Concert featured the Dallas Symphony Orchestra conducted by Lawrence Loh; Reginald Smith, Jr. as soloist and narrator; Bradley Hunter Welch on organ; Dallas Symphony Chorus, directed by Joshua Habermann; and the Children’s Chorus of Greater Dallas, directed by Cynthia Nott and Terrie Preskitt-Brown. 

“It is inspiring to watch musicians get together and do what they are passionate about,” stated Loren Caserta. “I hope to one day be a part of something this great!” 

Kacia Johnson said, “The performance was astounding. The harp soloist was remarkable and the soloist’s voice resonated within me.” 

“This was one of the best times I have ever had!” exclaimed Maggie Sims, “I am glad I got to experience something so amazing!”

January 6, 2020 - Six Panola College Chorale Members were selected to perform in the 2020 Texas Two-Year College All-State Choir.  The performance will be held on Saturday, February 15, 2020 in the Stars at Night Ballroom of the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.  The performance is in conjunction with the Vocal Division of the Texas Music Educators Association annual convention in San Antonio each February.

Panola College students performing with the choir are: Nathan Pinkston, Timpson, Bass 2; Kacia Johnson, Tatum, Alto 2; Loren Caserta, Beckville, Soprano 1; Jorden Bonds, Carthage, Soprano 2; Erica Lee, Center, Alto 1; and Sky Bishop, Carthage, Tenor 1.

(From left, Back row) Kacia Johnson, Nathan Pinkston, Loren Caserta, (Front row) Jorden Bonds, Sky Bishop, and Erica Lee